Renovations are well underway at Summerland Estate Winery and B&B and are scheduled to be completed mid-July. Architect Norman Goddard has designed three outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy that take full advantage of the Okanagan Lake view. There will be a licensed picnic area by the wine shop where guests can enjoy charcuterie and estate-grown VQA wines. From the picnic area, guests can wander a path down to the vineyard where there will be a deck surrounded by grass for vineyard experiences and tours. The most anticipated space resides between the B&B and vineyard where they are creating an…

It’s fitting that traditional 10-year anniversary gifts are tin or aluminum, materials symbolizing the “durability and flexibility to sustain a loving union,” according to Wikipedia. Since officially opening on July 5, 2008, Kalala Organic Estate Winery has captured “the heart and soul of founder and owner Karnail Singh Sidhu, his family and the team he gathered,” says Tibor Erdelyi, winemaker. Erdelyi explains, “When Karnail immigrated to Canada in 1993, he found his electrical engineering credentials weren’t recognized. He jokes that you can’t call yourself Punjabi if you don’t have farming roots. So Karnail began working with his hands in orchards…

While tame and docile today, the rolling hills of West Kelowna hide a more explosive past. The volcanic legacy of this region is still found today in the region’s mineral rich soil, which leaves a uniquely identifiable mark on the grapes that grow in the shadow of Mount Boucherie, the now extinct volcano. One of the younger, but already well-established wineries here, Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, has tapped into this distinct terroir and built a prominent name for itself through award-winning wines that reflect this rich volcanic soil. Recently, there also seems to be a lot of gold that is…

Vacations are rarely as relaxing as they’re meant to be. All the stress of rushing up and down the valley, down dead-end roads and along busy highways looking for the winery that your friends told you about. What was its name? Why not just escape all that hustle and bustle and enjoy the summer visiting an authentic slice of Italy right here in the Okanagan. High along the West Kelowna Farm Loop, nestled at the end of a scenic country road, sits Ciao Bella Winery — and it is truly a little piece of Napoli. The winery is the long-held…

The vision is clear for Mt. Boucherie Winery as construction commences on its brand new experience centre scheduled for completion in spring 2020. Named for the former volcano active more than 60 million years ago, Mt. Boucherie experienced its own volatility a few years ago and went into receivership. And just as the volcano created optimum soil conditions for grape growing, Mt. Boucherie has emerged stronger than ever. Its wines were protected through the process under the custodianship of award-winning winemaker Jim Faulkner. With new ownership since April 2016, Mt. Boucherie has a bright future with a focus on revitalizing…

The excitement continues at SpearHead Winery as Grant Stanley makes his mark as winemaker/general manager with a newly constructed production facility that opened in July. Stanley’s passion for Pinot Noir is a perfect match and his input helped ensure SpearHead’s winemaking building was purpose-built for Pinot Noir production. Once the previous production area is converted to a barrel room, it will create new options to enhance your tasting room experience. Watch for upcoming tours that begin in the vineyard, continue through the new production facility and end in the barrel room with a special tasting that includes barrel samples. Pinot…

At RauDZ Regional Table where the focus has always been on fresh, local and comfortable, taking a trip through the new menu is like strolling through a vibrant farmers’ market. Summer has arrived and there’s an abundance of fresh, new and seasonal taste sensations to fuel the culinary imaginations of the RauDZ team. Just as flavoursome surprises are found throughout a farmers’ market, RauDZ inspirations have landed in all areas, including new wine menus, new cocktails menus and new food menus. Explore it logistically from top to bottom, if you choose, or dive right into dessert. Think cheesecake – Rhubarb…

Ricco Bambino is a boutique winery at 1630 Pandosy Street. Its focus is on creating minimal intervention wines. Come and discover your new favourite wine in the bright and airy tasting room or on the cosy outdoor patio. Minimal Intervention Organic Wines Ricco Bambino wines are elegant and well-structured, expressive and beaming with a refreshingly bright and balanced acidity. To create minimal interventions wines, they ferment and age their wines in concrete vessels to allow micro-oxygenation to occur. This process allows the wines to breath and develop a rounder mouth and textural feel without the addition of any unwanted flavours…

When summer is at its sizzling best, it’s time to savour the many tasting options at CedarCreek Estate Winery. Not sure when you’ll arrive? Seated tastings are offered throughout the day, beginning at 10 am, and drop-ins are always welcome. Enjoy refreshing and aromatic white wines and of course Pinot Noir, all grown in CedarCreek’s Estate vineyards. Or try the Bordeaux reds from grapes nurtured in its Osoyoos vineyards. You’ll love the Platinum Experience, a private sommelier-hosted tasting of Estate and Platinum wines as well as Library releases served with cheese and charcuterie. There’s also a winery tour. Reservations are…

Executive Chef Daniel Craig joined the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in January 2018. As changing seasons reveal the region’s bounty, he’s developed the new menu with unbounded zeal. No “babe in the woods” in culinary acumen, Chef Daniel’s delight with locally sourced produce, seafood, meats, wine, craft beer, spirits, honey and other artisanal finds brings refreshed joy to the kitchen. Chef is new to Kelowna after leaving his position as Ritz Carlton Toronto Executive Chef. His passion for cooking began at age 12 while working at an Ontario café owned by a friend’s parents. At 18, he apprenticed at BC’s…